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Holiday Hiring Challenges

Holiday Hiring Challenges?

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Today we’d like to talk a little about some of the misconceptions about attracting top-talent during the holiday season, namely between the end of November through the beginning of January.

We’ll talk about 3 points to consider: The Mental Component, Candidate Introspection and Statistics.

So let’s start with the mental component.  In almost all industries outside of retail anyway, many professsionals mentally get the idea in their heads that not much hiring happens between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.  We sometimes refer to this as the holiday malaise.  We can certainly understand that when we consult with Human Resources or a hiring manager during this timeframe, there are often concerns about the ability for key stakeholders in the hiring process to participate due to planned time off.  But it’s too easy to fall into the trap that nothing will happen until mid-January. 
What can you do to change this perception?  Can you develop a plan ahead of time to ensure key decision-makers can participate in a phone screen while others involved in the process can attend the face to face meetings?  Can you designate a specific/standard day of the week for hiring managers to be available for phone screenings or face-to-face interviews? Afterall, in this labor shortage market, you don’t want to lose a great candidate to the competition due to the delay.  We all should know that time kills deals.

The next point is candidate introspection.  Simply put, when employees have time off for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, they are having conversations with family and friends, often about their work situations.  The fact that cousin Jimmy just got a promotion or that Aunt Susan just accepted a new position gets people thinking about their own situations.  Are they really happy where they are at, what else could be improved upon about their careers?  Not to mention, people are largely available over those holiday breaks.  It is often easier to reach people the days after a holiday to chat about what might motivate them to consider a change.  They are probably more willing to talk to you and consider other options.

Finally, let’s talk about Statistics.  I know that 89.6% of statistics are completely made up but let’s look at CareNational’s real interview numbers between the Monday before Thanksgiving, November 25th, 2019 and set up to interview before December 24th, 2019.  We had 83 healthcare professionals’ interview or are set up to interview during this over the holidays, a 4 week duration of time.  We also had or have 24 candidates scheduled to start in this same 4 week period. 
There is one additional statistic to consider: what percentage of your competitors have fallen for the false myth of the holiday malaise? 80%? 90%? If your organization can recognize and sidestep the pitfalls described above, you will be in a strong position to secure the best qualified individuals and start the new year on the right foot.

So, we’ve discussed overcoming the mental blockage to hiring during the holidays, factoring in candidates’ willingness to consider new opportunities during this time frame, and some actual numbers that further dispel the myth that hiring is put on hold during the holiday season.

We hope you have very happy holidays with your family, and we’ll catch up with you in the New Year.  As always, if you’d ever like to discuss any of your most critical position vacancies, CareNational can help with Hospital RN staff, Case Managers, nurses for UM and Quality Improvement, healthcare support staff and of course Executive Search for hospital and managed care organizations.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Aaron Lebovitz, CEO of CareNational.  He can be reached directly at 480-347-0257 or by email at aaron@carenational.com.  Thanks for reading!